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No this isn’t the about the rumoured 600 hp Polestar Volvo S90 and V90, but a more sensible performance upgrade from Polestar. The performance brand of Volvo Cars has launched a performance package for the new 90 duo. Known as Polestar Performance Optimisation, the pack upgrades the drivetrain and improves driving dynamics.

The upgrades are the same as those introduced for the XC90 last year, which means that it involves the D5 diesel engine and T6 petrol engine. The diesel gets bumped up to 233 hp and 500 Nm from 225 hp/470 Nm, while the petrol figures jump from 320 hp/400 Nm to 334 hp/440 Nm.

Polestar Performance Optimisation upgrades the entire drivetrain, and it improves throttle and off-throttle response, gearshift speed and precision, as well as overall engine performance. All changes are made with certified emissions, fuel consumption, service intervals and Volvo warranties unchanged.

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“We continue to enhance the performance of Volvo’s new, class-leading SPA vehicle architecture and Drive-E powertrains. The S90 and V90 already offer excellent driving dynamics and we are delighted to raise the performance level even further with Polestar Performance Optimisation,” said Niels Möller, COO of Polestar.

“It is exciting to take the technology we use in our race cars and apply that to Volvo’s road cars. We have created a balanced package that provides performance in all conditions, whether you are winning a race or driving actively on your favourite roads,” said Thed Björk, who drives a Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with Drive-E technology in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

The first S90/V90 variant available for optimisation is the D5 diesel, while a performance package for the T6 petrol will be available from October.

GALLERY: Volvo S90


GALLERY: Volvo V90